Podcast Episode 5: Inclusivity for All

Guest: Christopher Kelly | Student | Masters in Sports Management at University of Michigan | Internal Business Operations Intern

In this episode, we continue to talk about creating an environment that is accessible and inclusive for all. Dr. Okanlami has a conversation with wheelchair tennis athlete Chris Kelley, who has built an impressive resume as an elite wheelchair tennis player and will graduate with a master's degree in sports management from the University of Michigan this year. Chris teaches us all a valuable lesson about acceptance, identity and living an authentic life.

Podcast Episode 4: NPower’s Mission to Help Rewire Hiring in Tech

Guest: Candice Dixon, Coalition Development Director at NPower

Guardian Life partner NPower, a nonprofit dedicated to launching digital careers for military veterans and young adults, is on a mission to increase diversity in technology. In the latest Equal & Able episode, Candice Dixon, Coalition Development Director at NPower, talks about their latest initiative, Command Shift, which is a glass-ceiling, breaking coalition of corporate and non-profit community leaders who are dedicated to increasing the number of women of color in technology. As Dixon remarks, in order to achieve diversity, there needs to be a shift in technology – a shift in how we train, think, and hire.

Podcast Episode 3: Team Rubicon’s Mission to Increase Vaccine Equity

Guest: Art delaCruz, Chief Executive Officer, at Team Rubicon

Art delaCruz, Chief Executive Officer, at Team Rubicon, speaks to Dr. Okanlami about the veteran-led organization’s mission to provide impactful service to communities affected by a disaster around the world. One particular mission they have embarked on this year is increasing equity and access to COVID-19 vaccines by reaching vulnerable, under-resourced communities. They discuss what makes a community vulnerable and how they are turning vaccines into vaccinations.

Podcast Episode 2: Benefits of Adaptive Sports

Guest: Dr. Jasmine Townsend, Associate Professor in Recreational Therapy at Clemson University

In this Equal & Able episode, Dr. Okanlami talks to Dr. Jasmine Townsend, an Associate Professor in Recreational Therapy within the Department of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management at Clemson University about adaptive sports. Dr. Townsend talks about her journey and passion for adaptive sports, the importance of making adaptive sports accessible for people living with disabilities, and how in order to achieve inclusivity, we all need to get out and play together.

Podcast Episode 1: Our Own Spheres of Influence

Hosted by Dr. Feranmi Okanlami

In this Equal & Able podcast episode, Dr. Okanlami opens up the conversation with Chris Smith, Head of Group Benefits at Guardian Life, by reading a letter he received from a person with a disability who shares the challenges of his/her everyday, particularly during the pandemic. What unfolds is a discussion  about what we can do within our own spheres of influence to ensure equity and inclusion for people living with disabilities,  and the importance of disability insurance’s role in achieving wellbeing.

Redefining Disability - Feranmi Okanlami’s Story

Introducing Dr. Feranmi Okanlami

When an accident left Feranmi paralyzed, he was pleased to find out he had disability insurance coverage. Feranmi Okanlami was a star athlete and orthopedic surgery resident when an accident would forever change the course of his life. Watch his inspiring story of perseverance and determination and learn how he used our long-term disability insurance.

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